Best Gaming Laptops in Nepal Under Rs. 250,000 (रु 2.5 Lakhs)

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We’re a few months—or a few quarters—away from the next-gen gaming laptops powered by Intel’s 12th gen or AMD’s Ryzen 6000 series mobile CPUs. But even if you can’t wait until then, there’s no reason to worry because the market is filled with some amazing devices right now. And here, I’ll be discussing the best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal you could buy right now.

Best Gaming Laptops Under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal:

5. MSI Katana GF66 (11UE)

Let’s kick off our list of best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal with the MSI Katana GF66 (11UE). As we know, the “GF” lineup is home to MSI’s thin-and-light gaming laptops. But with the Katana-branded entries, thin-and-light no longer means what it used to in relation to last year’s GF65 series.

MSI Katana GF66 11UE - Display Best Gaming Laptops under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal

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This thing weighs 2.25kg and measures about 25mm thick, which is a far cry from a compact gaming laptop. Anyway, the Katana is powered by Intel’s 11th H-series CPU, paired with up to RTX 3060 GPU. In order to fit all those power-hungry components inside a dense chassis—alongside a fairly healthy cooling solution—MSI has installed Max-Q class of low-power GPUs here.

Intel + NVIDIA

In our case, the i7-11800H has been coupled with 85W RTX 3060. So if you were searching for the most powerful gaming laptop in this price bracket, there are better options to shop from.

Our gaming tests show the GF66 falling behind in the competition in most AAA games—especially the GPU intensive ones. Cyberpunk 2077 is almost unplayable at its best graphics settings with Ray Tracing set to Ultra, managing just 21-26fps on average. I do have to mention that I tested all the games with VSync and DLSS turned off—wherever available—to push ‘em to the limit.

Better results on CPU-intensive games

On the other hand, CPU-bound games like CS: GO deliver remarkably good results—averaging 240-260fps even at the highest settings. In fact, this is the best of any laptop with me today. Synthetic GPU benchmarks tell a similar story where the Katana GF66 scores comparatively low marks. Its cooling solution isn’t half bad though.

Maybe this chilly weather has something to do with it as well, but I had no trouble gaming on this machine for hours. However, the resulting fan noise to achieve such performance could be annoying. Moving on, this 15.6” 144Hz display is—I’d say—a tier above your conventional gaming laptops.

This display isn’t that bad

The colors don’t look as punchy as they could, but 95% sRGB gamut is pretty respectable. But my biggest turnoffs about the GF66 are its design and battery life. I mean, this plain plastic build material is so… bland. The subtle brandings and the 180º hinge sure are nice, but it feels way too cheap—almost like a sub-$500 budget laptop.

MSI Katana GF66 11UE - Design Best Gaming Laptops under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal

And heavens forbid you run it on battery even for the most basic workloads like web browsing because it’ll struggle to last mere 3 hours—even under the “Super Battery” user mode.

MSI Katana GF66 (11UE) Specifications:
Display 15.6″ diagonal FHD (1920 x 1080) anti-glare screen, 100% sRGB, 144Hz refresh rate, 250 nits
CPU Intel Core i7-11800H, 8C/16T, 4.6GHz Max Turbo
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6, 85W TGP)
RAM 16GB LPDDR4-3200 (expandable)
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD
Battery 53.5Wh (180W power adapter)
Weight 2.25kg
Dimensions 359 x 259 x 24.9 mm
Price Rs. 215,000 (Buy here)

4. Asus TUF Gaming A15 (2021)

Next up is the Asus TUF Gaming A15—not to be confused with F15. The A15 has an AMD CPU inside and can be configured up to RTX 3070 GPU, whereas the TUF F15 is powered by an Intel processor and maxes out at RTX 3060. The one I have with me brings Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and a 95W RTX 3060.

Considering this is the cheapest entry on our list of best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal, its gaming performance is quite commendable.

Asus TUF Gaming A15 - Design Best Gaming Laptops under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal

You’re obviously not gonna get the best gaming result here, but that isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker. Looking at this chart, we can see the TUF A15 struggling on titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Control at the highest graphics settings with Ray Tracing enabled, but its results are roughly 10% better compared to MSI’s Katana GF66.

Yet, games like CS: GO and FIFA 22 that have high CPU usage see an exact opposite turnout. GF66 outranks the Asus TUF A15 by an astounding 40% in both these games. I also ran a bunch of GPU benchmarks including Unigine Heaven and 3DMark where the A15 was able to come off victorious in most cases.

Decent cooling solution

Likewise, I’m impressed with its thermal performance as well. Asus has used a traditional cooling setup here with two fans, three heatsinks, and four heatpipes to draw out heat through the exhaust vents at the back and the right frame.

More importantly, switching to the Turbo performance mode doesn’t instantly crank up the fan speed. Instead, I could only hear the fan noise when playing games and such—while the A15 stays mostly silent under regular tasks like streaming videos. Too bad Asus doesn’t let you turn on Turbo mode when on battery.

Talking about the battery, the TUF A15 typically lasted me about 3-4 hours during my everyday chores which isn’t that bad. Yes, this bold design will definitely raise some eyebrows in the crowd, but it feels a lot more premium than the Katana GF66. The indicator lights being visible even when closing the lid is a nice touch too.

Asus TUF Gaming A15 2021 - Display

But what’s far and wide the most disappointing about this laptop is the display. Seems like Asus has purposefully snuck in a low-quality screen on the base model to bring down the cost. More specifically, it covers 62.5% sRGB gamut which… doesn’t look very good.

Asus TUF Gaming A15 (2021) Specifications:
Display 15.6″ diagonal FHD (1920 x 1080) anti-glare screen, 62.5% sRGB, 47.34% Adobe RGB, 144Hz refresh rate, 250 nits
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 8C/16T, 4.4GHz Max Turbo
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6, 95W TGP)
RAM 16GB LPDDR4-3200 (expandable)
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD
Battery 90Wh (200W power adapter)
Weight 2.3kg
Dimensions 359 x 256 x 24.3 mm
Price Rs. 195,000 (Buy here)

3. Acer Predator Helios 300 (2021)

Well, if a good display is of equal importance to you, then you might want to check out the 2021 edition of Acer Predator Helios 300. At a similar price point to the other two laptops I’ve discussed so far, Acer is offering a sharper QHD screen, a smoother 165Hz refresh rate, and a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Pair this with the powerful processors underneath, the Helios 300 could be a decent portable workstation as well.

Acer Predator Helios 300 - Design Best Gaming Laptops under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal

Regardless, our measurements show that this particular unit maxes out at just 238.4 nits of brightness—which is almost embarrassing considering its other display specs. Color accuracy aside, its contrast ratio isn’t the most impressive either. Similarly, I wished Acer had gone with a more covert design choice—as most laptop makers have in 2021.

The sharp-angled corners and the glowing Predator logo do offer some distinct identity, but I would trade it for a stealthier look any day of the week. Plus, unlike the very gaming-centric boot animation and sound effects, there’s no way to turn off the aforementioned Predator branding either.

How’s gaming on the Helios 300?

But looking past all these, this is a fairly capable gaming laptop. Currently, Acer only sells a single CPU configuration of the Helios 300 with Intel’s i7-11800H, but GPU choices range between RTX 3050 Ti to 3070. With me is the RTX 3060 variant that can draw up to 105W power, complemented by 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD.

As you could already tell, upgrading to 16GB RAM is almost elementary here which should be no problem since all the upgrade options are readily available. Okay, in terms of gaming, the Helios 300 delivers similar results as the MSI Katana GF66 in most titles like Cyberpunk 2077, Control, GTA V, and FIFA 22.

Weirdly enough, CS: GO couldn’t hit above 200fps on average, which most definitely feels like a product of the RAM constraint. Like I mentioned earlier, CS: GO is a CPU-dependent game, and running it at its best graphics settings means 8GB of memory isn’t going to be enough if you want the best possible performance.

Acer Predator Helios 300 - Display Best Gaming Laptops under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal

One more thing—the wrist-rest area here is pretty sharp and I did experience some discomfort after gaming for long hours. Anyway, because of the higher wattage GPU, this laptop scores higher on GPU benchmarks like Geekbench and 3DMark too. Even this quad-zone RGB backlit keyboard is a step up from your typical single-zone backlit keyboard.

Acer Predator Helios 300 (2021) Specifications:
Display 15.6″ diagonal QHD (2560 x 1440) anti-glare screen, 100% DCI-P3, 165Hz refresh rate, 300 nits, 3ms overdrive
CPU Intel Core i7-11800H, 8C/16T, 4.6GHz Max Turbo
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6, 105W TGP)
RAM 8GB LPDDR4-3200 (expandable)
Storage 1TB NVMe SSD
Battery 59Wh (230W power adapter)
Weight 2.5kg
Dimensions 360.68 x 254 x 22.86 mm
Price Rs. 210,000 (Buy here)

2. HP Omen 15 (2021)

Kicking things up a notch in our list of best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal is the 2021 edition of HP Omen 15. Thankfully, HP has continued the laid-back design principle of its predecessor this time around as well. Disregarding the relatively aggressive exhaust vent at the back, the Omen 15 could easily blend inside a professional setting as well.

HP Omen 15 2021 - Design 1

But despite its clean design, the build material here isn’t quite premium. It has a polycarbonate-aluminum hybrid build quality that feels a little cheap and is even prone to fingerprints/smudges. While I do appreciate the 180º hinge, it isn’t as sturdy as I’d like it to be. On the other hand, the sharp edges all around make for a discomforting experience too.

Even the I/O department hosts a rather annoying compromise. You see, HP has skipped USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports on the Omen 15 for some reason—so you’re left with slower data transfer rates from the onboard USB connections.

Solid gaming experience

There’s no compromise on the gaming front though. I tested the Ryzen 7 5800H, RTX 3070 variant of the Omen 15—and it expectedly delivered the highest fps on most games and GPU-bound benchmarks. Even at the highest graphics settings, Cyberpunk 2077 is playable with 33-35fps on average—which is about 45% higher than any other laptop on our list.

Then again, CPU-intensive titles like CS: GO and FIFA 22 aren’t as competitive here—lagging behind the Intel-powered MSI Katana GF66. For cooling, there are large intake vents at the bottom—whereas it blows out hot air via the exhausts at the back and the right side. I know this cooling solution doesn’t read as the most effective one on paper, but trust me it is.

HP Omen 15 2021 - Internal

To make that possible, HP hasn’t installed the most powerful RTX 3070 you could find. Matter of fact, the MSI GP66 Leopard that I reviewed a while back featured a 140W RTX 3070, compared to the 100W TGP on Omen 15’s 3070. Like practically every other gaming laptop I’ve discussed so far, the heat is mostly localized at the middle of the keyboard deck here.

Subtle, great keyboard

But even after a couple of hours of continuous gaming, the Omen 15 stays respectably cool enough. I’m a big fan of this keyboard as well. Matching the overall subtle design principle of the laptop, HP has gone with the plain ol’ white backlit key layout here—which is perfectly fine for me.

Moreover, to get the RTX 3070 variant at this price range, you’ll have to miss out on a QHD display with better color reproduction—but this FHD screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and 100% sRGB gamut is enough for most users.

HP Omen 15 (2021) Specifications:
Display 15.6″ diagonal FHD (1920 x 1080) anti-glare screen, 100% sRGB, 144Hz refresh rate, 300 nits, 3ms response time
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 8C/16T, 4.4GHz Max Turbo
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6, 100W TGP)
RAM 16GB LPDDR4-3200 (expandable)
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD
Battery 70.9Wh (200W power adapter)
Weight 2.46kg
Dimensions 357.89 x 239.78 x 22.60 mm
Price N/A (HP Omen 16, 17 launching soon)

1. Lenovo Legion 5 / 5 Pro (2021)

Finally, my number one pick for the best gaming laptop under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal is the amazing Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2021). There’s also the cheaper Legion 5 with all the same processors like this one, but I’d highly suggest spending a little extra for the Pro model. From a better build quality, superior display—and more importantly—better thermals, the Legion 5 Pro is worth every extra penny.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro - Display 1

Like the HP Omen 15, Lenovo has built this gaming laptop with subtlety in mind. The anodized aluminum finish on the lid feels plenty premium—while the glowing Legion Y branding also adds a bit of a character to this beast. But unlike Acer’s Predator Helios 300, you can turn it off if you’d like. On top of this, the matte finish of the chassis means you won’t have to deal with fingerprints or smudges as much either.

Top-notch display

Upfront, you’re greeted with a 16” QHD display that has a 165Hz refresh rate, 100% sRGB gamut, Dolby Vision HDR, and 500 nits of brightness. It is even complemented with X-Rite Pantone factory color calibration—so you can have the best visual experience right out of the box.

All of this easily puts Legion 5 Pro’s display way ahead of the competition, but it doesn’t stop there. While most gaming laptops still settle with a narrow 16:9 aspect ratio, Lenovo has gotten rid of the bottom bezels to offer a wider 16:10 screen instead.

Getting to the performance side of things, you have AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800H CPU and a 130W RTX 3060—which is also the most powerful configuration for 3060, by the way. This naturally raises doubts about the thermal performance of the laptop under heavy load—yeah—but the Legion 5 Pro puts those doubts to rest like a champ.

Better than Legion 5

Looking at our performance chart, we can see that it’s still a hair short of beating the Omen 15 at most GPU-reliant games, but that’s okay. In fact, it absolutely smokes the rest of the competition—especially the regular Legion 5—at taxing workloads.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro - Design

Because of its thinner chassis, there’s a noticeable thermal throttling on the Legion 5 on games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Control. Even GTA V has about 20-25% higher fps count on the 5 Pro which goes on to show just how effective its cooling system is.

We can see this in action on GPU-focused synthetic benchmarks like Unigine Heaven and 3DMark as well. Despite all this, I’m not a big fan of the Legion TrueStrike keyboard—whereas having to carry around this massive 300W power brick adds to the already hefty weight of the laptop.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2021) Specifications:
Display 16″ diagonal WQXGA (2560 x 1600) anti-glare screen, 100% sRGB, 165Hz refresh rate, 500 nits, 3ms response time, Dolby Vision
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, 8C/16T, 4.4GHz Max Turbo
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6, 130W TGP)
RAM 16GB LPDDR4-3200 (expandable)
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD
Battery 80Wh (300W power adapter)
Weight 2.45kg
Dimensions 356.10 x 260.35 x 21.60 mm
Price Rs. 250,000 (Buy here)

Best Gaming Laptops Under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal: Summary

Rank Best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal Price
5 MSI Katana GF66 (11UE) Rs. 215,000
4 Asus TUF Gaming A15 (2021) Rs. 195,000
3 Acer Predator Helios 300 (2021) Rs. 210,000
2 HP Omen 15 (2021) (launching soon)
1 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro (2021) Rs. 250,000

1080p Gaming Benchmark:

Performance mode (power plugged in)
Highest graphics settings, VSync off, DLSS off
Game Average FPS
Lenovo Legion 5 Lenovo Legion 5 Pro HP Omen 15 Acer Predator Helios 300 Asus TUF Gaming A15 MSI Katana GF66
Cyberpunk 2077 16-18 23-26 33-35 20-24 23-28 21-26
Control 41-45 48 51-56 39-45 44-51 39-45
GTA V 86-93 115 75-78 89-95 75-80 84-100
CS: GO 170-190 224 190-200 155-165 240-260
FIFA 22 190 146-155 177-185 123-128 172-185
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CPU/GPU Benchmarks:

Geekbench 5

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro HP Omen 15 Acer Predator Helios 300 Asus TUF Gaming A15 MSI Katana GF66
CPU: Single Core 1397 1257 1447 1377 1534
CPU: Multi-Core 7383 6971 9069 6113 8811
Compute (OpenCL) 95730 108059 96559 95671 90604
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Unigine Heaven

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro HP Omen 15 Acer Predator Helios 300 Asus TUF Gaming A15 MSI Katana GF66
FPS 138.5 141.7 103.9 117.4 118.9
Score 3489 3570 2618 2958 2996
Min FPS 9.3 9.4 26.9 9.1 10.2
Max FPS 295 276 220.2 232.9 248.3
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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme 1.1

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro HP Omen 15 Acer Predator Helios 300 Asus TUF Gaming A15 MSI Katana GF66
Score 9935 11017 9313 9162 8841
Graphics 10193 11416 9496 9311 9005
Physics 24370 21872 24166 22535 24879
Combined 4782 5491 4507 4559 4204
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Best Gaming Laptops Under 2.5 Lakhs in Nepal: Conclusion

So those were our picks for the best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal that you could buy right now. Almost every major laptop manufacturer has had a standout offering this year—while Lenovo and HP have impressed me the most with their powerful, yet low-profile gaming machines. The display has always been an area of concern when it comes to gaming laptops.

But in 2021, our complaints haven’t been as loud since a few brands have really stepped up in this aspect—and I only hope this trend goes mainstream this year.

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Do you agree with our choice of best gaming laptops under 2.5 lakhs in Nepal or do you want to add something to the list? Have your say in the comments section.